It’s summer and we all know what that means…the comic book hype train is dropping off some major events and the gaming hype train is kicking into gear with this year’s E3. Between the combine might of EA, Bethesda, Microsoft, Ubisoft and Sony this is the gaming event of the year and it’s the one you need to check out. Over the next week we’ll have a few articles by yours truly and the rest of the BearSleuth team talking about the E3 conferences but before we get into that we need to talk about Injustice Two.
Bad Ass Bryan Cranston
Last Wednesday the first trailer for Injustice Two dropped and it made a hell of a splash, if you have it checked it out yet give it a watch right now…
Yes, that is the one and only Bryan Cranston lending his mighty voice to the trailer and I think it’s safe to say that only Heisenberg could have helped drop a bomb this big. The trailer is sleek and smooth showing us nothing in the way of gameplay but everything in the way of tone and style. Each fighter looks like they are battling for their lives against one another, using every dirty tactic to survive.
Iron Man Joins The Justice League
The major takeaway from the trailer seemed to be the use of the modular armour and that armour has caused a fair bit of controversy as many, most notably YouTuber AngryJoe have accused the game of turning their roster into Iron Man clones. Personally I don’t think the comparison works as each armour seems much more individual to the heroes, more like the armour from Alex Ross’ Kingdom Come which is fine by me. I don’t really see the appeal of putting Superman in armour as he is pretty much indestructible while naked but it does seem a shame to leave him out.
The Pits Of Injustice
There has also been some speculation on where Cranston could be voicing Raj Al Ghul as the ‘pit’ he is talking about could be the Lazarus pits from the DC Universe which resurrect and revitalise the deceased. While this theory may yet prove sound I reckon Cranston could have just as easily been voicing any member of the Justice League or their villains talking metaphorically about the feeling of being in a super human fight. Luckily for us, we didn’t just have to listen to such metaphors as NetherRealms Studios dropped another trailer yesterday.
There is so much that could be talked about in this trailer, such as the inclusion of Grodd and Atrocitus, but I think the main take away should be that the core mechanics of Injustice are back. We saw great specials and most of the classic fighting mechanisms we’re used to with a fresh coat of paint and polish for the next generation of gaming. Each fight seemed fluid and characters reacted to one and other in a unique fashion. It’s almost possible not to get a little hyped watching it and it’s easy to say that this will be the next big fighting game drag out at a party and play all night. But if the trailers haven’t won you other maybe everyone’s favours Red Lantern, Dex-Starr, will…
Looking To The Future
Now wish lists are cropping up all over the internet so I thought I would end with a few bullet points listing what I think would make this the best sequel it could be…
- A roster of at least thirty characters including Beast Boy, Martian Manhunter, Poison Ivy, Blue Beetle and Booster Gold.
- Watchmen DLC tie-ing into Rebirth.
- At least thirty stages ranging across the entire DC Universe.
- The ability to tag in allies.
- A long sprawling story leading to another fantastic comic book series.
- Sub-Zero DLC.
- Lots of unlock-able costumes.
- A Superman costume that doesn’t suck.
…That was this week’s BearSleuth Opinion Piece!!! Check back on Wednesday for a new Comic History 101!!!